Weinberg was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 17, 1952, the son of Rose and Dr. Philip Weinberg. Dr. Weinberg moved the family to Peoria, Ill. In 1956 when he joined the faculty at Bradley University.
Weinberg attended Richwoods High School in Peoria, where he developed a love of photography and sports reporting. He flew with the Civil Air Patrol and worked as a freelance writer for the Peoria Journal Star before going to the University of Southern Illinois. He returned to Peoria to study journalism at Bradley. He got involved with WCBU, the campus radio station, where he was the station manager.
Weinberg took a detour through broadcasting in 1975 to pursue a career at Penny Press Peoria, EF Hutton and owner of Three Worlds Disco. He also tried his hand at petroleum and made a stint on ABC TV before deciding to return to the field he loved, radio.
Weinberg had stations in Claremore / Tulsa, Oklahoma and Las Vegas. He set up a chain of small radio stations across Nevada before joining USA Radio Networks in 2016. He bought that company in 2018 and ran it as CEO until his death.
USA Radio Networks provides long-form radio broadcasts and news to over 400 stations across the country. They also operate stations in Dallas, Phoenix and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Weinberg also published the Penny Press Nevada, a conservative online weekly newspaper, and worked with conservative political causes in his spare time.
He was known to broadcasters and politicians across the country. Sometimes loud and often opinionated, he always had a chord that worked. Two cell phones and a laptop appeared to be strapped to his body. Weinberg was loyal to a fault, and his employees stuck with him through many stations and opportunities, good times and bad.
Weinberg met his wife Charlotte Alarid in Las Vegas in 1999. They were married in Hawaii in 2004. She survives, along with her stepchildren, Randi and Stephen Alarid, both in Reno. Weinberg is also survived by sisters Susan Weinberg (Martin Arend) and Andrea Weinberg-Chestnut, two nieces and two grandnephews.
TALKERS Founder Michael Harrison said: “Fred Weinberg was an outstanding example of the special breed of radio station owner / operator who has kept this increasingly corporate industry rooted in his communities and accessible to visionaries from across the country. businesses motivated by their love of the media.
Janet Bro said, “Fred was one of the smartest guys in the business. In 1974, Fred’s father, Dean of Engineering at Bradley University, fired him from his post as station manager on campus radio WCBU-FM where he worked. He told her, “If you want your own effin radio station, go buy your own effin radio station.” So Fred did and never looked back.
” We will miss him. “
A memorial service will be held in Carson City on November 6; the location will be announced shortly. The family is asking for donations from the Weinberg Family Scholarship Fund at Bradley University on Fred’s behalf. https://www.bradley.edu/giving/ .
Ron Knecht is a senior policy researcher at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and a former State Comptroller. Janet Bro, COO of USA Radio Networks, was Weinberg’s friend for 48 years. Email Knecht at [email protected]